It's crucial for truckers, regardless of their level of experience or their driving records, to understand their workers' comp rights.
The problem is that trucking is an inherently dangerous industry. Traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and death in the United States, year in and year out. Truckers have to face those odds every single day, for the majority of the time they're on the clock. Most other workers just run the risk of a crash while commuting to or from work, but that's the world truckers live in every day.
However, it's not just about on-the job car accidents. Truckers face many other potential risks, such as:
- Suffering a strain while unloading cargo or loading up the next shipment.
- Doing the same repetitive motions over and over again, putting extra strain on joints.
- Slipping and falling while getting into or out of the truck.
- Slipping and falling while loading cargo; there is the potential for a fall from a significant height if a trucker falls off the loading dock entirely. This is especially dangerous when a heavy load -- perhaps on a hand cart -- falls as well.
- Doing maintenance on trucks and dealing with heavy machinery.
Being a trucker isn't like working in an office. You're out there every day, working with your hands and doing manual labor. When not doing that manual labor, you're in traffic, at the mercy of distracted drivers, weather conditions, drunk drivers and much more.
Have you been hurt on the job? Be sure you understand exactly what steps to take as you move forward with your workers' compensation claim. You're an employee, even if you're not in the office, and your rights must be respected.
Source: Trucking Info, "3 Things Drivers Need to do in Workers' Comp Claims," Corey Lile, accessed Sep. 29, 2017